Monday, 15 January 2018

The Rainy Day Mood

It was yet another dreary, rainy day, so Holly and I had in indoor photoshoot. While I was taking these I thought they'd look best in black and white, to really capture that rainy day mood.



She's a joy to photograph but she always has her tongue out - I think this might actually be the first time I've managed to photograph her with her mouth closed!

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Year of the Pig

The start of a new year means that my lambs from last year - Penny, Audrey, Maggie, Anita, Mabel and Morag - are no longer lambs, but "hoggets", which is not the nicest of words but that's the way it is. My babies are all grown up.







The hoggets of last year - Margo, Millie and Rosie - they're now ewes and will remain so for the rest of their days.

And Bob... well, he's just Bob.

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Holly's Adventures

Holly has been staying here for a few weeks now and she's settled well into country life. She loves playing ball on damp winter mornings.




And she's found a new friend in Pip.





We're having lots of fun with Holly. All too soon she'll be going home again...

Monday, 8 January 2018

The Pet Blogger Challenge 2018


For those who may be visiting your blog for the first time, how long have you been blogging and what is your main topic?

If you're visiting for the first time: hello and welcome! I have been blogging for almost eight years now. I blog about life on my family farm, mainly about my dogs, my pony and my flock of pet sheep. I don't write a lot, this is a photography blog.

What was your proudest blogging moment of 2017?

I don't really have one? I'm just pleased that I kept going, considering how bad the weather was last year. Beautiful sunrises/sunsets are a huge motivation for me to go out with the camera and those just... didn't really happen last year? It was always so cloudy or downright raining.

Which of your blog posts was your favorite this year and why? (Please include a link.)

Without a doubt, The Audience. It's the story of a lamb's first moments after being born, with a host of characters watching on. It's cute and funny. It didn't get much attention when I first posted it, but if anyone's having a bad day I point them in its direction.


In terms of your blog, how do you measure success?

I consider this blog a success when I go to look something up and it's there. Such as if I was wondering what Pip's first day here was like, I can go and look it up. Social media has changed so much since I started - in this blog's heyday, back in 2010/11, I would get five to ten comments on every post, but now the average is just one or two. I always enjoy reading them, though!

In what ways has your blog changed during 2017?

The biggest change has been the title. I finally went for it and dropped "The Dogs of" from The Dogs of Greenhill Farm. My blog is more about the sheep than the dogs these days, and so the title had become outdated. I'm glad I did it because it was bothering me a bit. As well as that I finally made a Facebook page for my blog, and rather than having my sidebar full of photos, I made an About Us page.

What was the biggest blogging challenge you overcame in 2017, and what did you learn that could help other bloggers?

I have another blog on a different platform that has really taken off in the last six months so making time for this one became much more difficult. At the start of 2017 I was making a post every other day, but now I just make one when I have the time. It's okay to take things more slowly and not to panic!


When things get hard, what keeps you blogging?

I'm very proud of this blog and how long I've been doing it, so that motivates me to keep going. I'm not afraid to take a small break if inspiration is escaping me.

Looking forward to 2018, what are you hoping to accomplish on your blog?

I'm quite happy with the blog right now. I don't have any big plans in the works, just to enjoy myself and my time with my animals.

In addition to what you’d like to accomplish, is here one specific skill you’d like to improve or master this year?

I would love to learn a bit of HTML so I could modify my theme if I so chose, but it's very complicated and I'm not sure where to begin!


Now it’s your turn! You have the attention of the pet blogging community – is there a question you’d like answered, or an aspect of your blog that you’d like input on? Share it here, and we’ll answer you in the comments!

I have a new blog theme for 2018 - how does it look?

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Saturday, 6 January 2018

Feeding at First Light

Every morning the tip lambs are fed some nuts. On this particular morning it was Teddy and I who had the job to do.


The boys are very cheeky and would knock you over if you didn't get out of the way.



It's the only time when they're in the field that you can see them up close.








Teddy keeps a close eye on things!

Thursday, 28 December 2017

Holly for Christmas

We had a special guest for Christmas (and beyond) as I'm dog-sitting for my aunt for the next few weeks.


She borrowed Pip's Christmas snowflake collar to be extra festive!

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Snow's Coming Down...

A few weeks ago it snowed! It was very exciting. First thing in the morning the snow was so white and pretty.


After breakfast I went to check on my flock and give Blue Belle an apple. I found her in a very good mood!



Tasting snowflakes?



The sheep were a lot calmer about the whole thing.



For the lambs it was their first snow.


Blue Belle was off again...




The sheep just watched her go.









Morag had snow on her nose.



Margo.


Maggie.


Rosie was taking shelter from the snow under the hedge.



The lambs knew instinctively to snuzzle through the snow to get to the grass underneath.


Eventually Blue Belle calmed down.


Rosie and Penny browsing.



Mabel and Morag.


Meanwhile Jess was running around with her toy - which is now lost in that field somewhere. Typical.



I trudged through the snow, up the hill towards the gate. I turned around to find that I was being followed.










Bob trying to eat Blue Belle's tail. Again.



Millie grazing as the snow blows around her.


That evening I took the dogs up the hill for an attempt at a family portrait in the snow. This is the best I could get.



There were snowballs everywhere.




The dogs loved running through them! (This photo is extra precious because Pip has been very poorly recently with very severe back pain, caused by arthritis in her spine, but now that she's on pain medication she's like a puppy again! She's retired from work and getting lots of hugs.)


Teddy face planted.


The snow was still lying the following day. I was out with my flock again. As usual Blue Belle came to greet me.






Jess being pretty.


The rest of them were near the bottom of the hill so we walked down to them. Teddy was very happy doing his staring.




Pip kept a safe distance.



All of the lambs had snowballs on their necks, but Morag is so small she had snowballs on her tummy too.


Rosie.



The flock - and a pony.


Jess posing.


The snow stuck around for a good few days. It was very festive!

Merry Christmas!